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Sometimes we’re just fish in water, oblivious to our own surroundings. That was part of the message two tourists from Europe shared recently, in an “Open letter to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada.” In it,...
Some of you use CBC content and some of you don’t. But major changes just announced by the CBC will certainly affect future programing. Today at least, the most detailed reporting on this is coming out of CBC news: CBC to cut back supper-hour...
News flash out of Seattle: the minimum wage has just been raised to $15/hour, by far the highest in the country. Indeed, it’s double or more the rate in Arkansas ($6.25) and about half the states,  almost triple the rate in Georgia and...


Aug 22, 2014 — Argentina calls them vulture funds, but those hedge funds have a legal right to demand payment. Still, is that moral when a nation is the debtor and its citizens will suffer as a result?
Aug 22, 2014 — Airlines have the right to refuse a passenger suspected of having Ebola. But if you're sick with a contagious disease, what are your rights when it comes to canceling and refunds?
Aug 22, 2014 — The world's largest food company is requiring all of its suppliers of dairy, meat, poultry and egg products to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Animal rights groups applaud the move.

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Food Pantries: More Clients, Less Money

Just days before Thanksgiving, food pantries and soup kitchens are out with their annual report. They find more people are stopping in for food, while charities are receiving less help to feed them. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Malone: Hospital Strike Enters 2nd Week

The strike continues at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone. Union members and local supporters rallied over the weekend - angry that the hospital has canceled medical insurance for workers on the picket line. As Brian Mann reports, the union plans a second picket today at a hospital in Carthage, east of Watertown.  Go to full article
The view from inside:  Union strikers picket Alice Hyde Medical Center

Malone: Alice Hyde Strike Begins With Lock-out

170 workers walked off the job yesterday at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone. The union had planned a 5-day strike, designed to force better healthcare and pension benefits from hospital management. But Alice Hyde officials say striking employees will be locked out and replaced by temporary workers until the company's latest contract offer is accepted. As Brian Mann reports, both sides seem prepared for a long and bitter fight.  Go to full article

Malone Health Workers Set to Strike

Health care workers at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone will begin striking Tuesday. After months of negotiations, hospital officials and employees were unable to agree...  Go to full article

Seaway Study to Get More Funding

Congress is poised to earmark another $2 million to continue a study of shipping on the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Report: New Yorkers Pay Highest Taxes

A new report says New Yorkers pay the highest taxes in the nation. The group that compiled the data, the watchdog Citizens Budget Commission, is holding a conference on ways...  Go to full article

New York Has Highest Local Taxes In U.S.

New York state has the highest local taxes in the country, according to a new report issued by a tax watchdog group. The Citizens Budget Commission says residents in New...  Go to full article
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Kosherizing a North Country Cheese Plant

Production resumes this week at Ogdensburg's beleaguered cheese factory. The plant has shut down twice in two years. But its new owner, Ahava Food Corporation of Brooklyn,...  Go to full article

New Tourism Study Out

A new study is giving the region's tourism industry some facts and figures to chew on. Martha Foley talks with Laurie Marr, executive director of the Northern New York Travel...  Go to full article

Timberland Sales Could Reshape Adirondack Park

Half of the Adirondack Park's six million acres are privately owned. Big timber companies like International Paper and Finch Pruyn control much of that land. But in recent...  Go to full article

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